N.Y. Power Authority and
Louisville Town Officials Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for
Improvements at Whalen Park
315-764-0226, ext. 304
August 17, 2007
For Immediate Release
LOUISVILLE—New York Power Authority (NYPA)
representatives joined Louisville Town officials at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony showcasing the new recreation facilities at Whalen Park on
“I am pleased to see so many community members
enjoying the enhancements made at Whalen Park and other area
recreational facilities that resulted from the relicensing of the
Power Authority’s St. Lawrence project,” said Rick Turner, regional
manager, Northern New York, NYPA.
The Whalen Park improvements were funded by the
Power Authority as part of the new federal license for its St.
Lawrence-FDR Power Project in Massena.
The improvements include a handicapped-accessible
fishing pier and new paved trails including a scenic route along the
St. Lawrence River from Whalen Park to the Massena Country Club with
kiosks displaying information on nearby facilities. There are new
walkways and parking lots. A picnic area and a floating dock for
four to six boats were added to Sand Island. A new monument sign
was installed at the park entrance and playground equipment was
Improvements to the park’s bathhouse resulted when
NYPA conducted an in-depth investigation on the condition of the
bathhouse after flaws were discovered. The investigation revealed
the lack of foundation drainage. The area under the bathhouse was
collecting and holding groundwater with no means to escape.
NYPA, with the cooperation of the Town, agreed to
reconstruct the bathhouse, install handicapped-accessible toilets
and fixtures, replace the concrete pier caps for the pavilion, and
install a hydraulic outlet for ground water. The bathhouse
mechanical and plumbing systems were upgraded. It now uses municipal
water, brought from the Town’s main lines.
The improvements at Whalen Park were performed as
part of a $1.9 million contract to Perras Excavating, Inc., Massena,
which also included work at public recreational sites in Massena,
Waddington and other sites in Louisville.
C&S Engineers, Inc., of Syracuse, was the design
engineer for the Whalen Park project with Bernier, Carr and
Associates, from Watertown, providing the construction management
services. J. E. Sheehan Corporation, located in Potsdam, performed
the work on the bathhouse.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
Return to Press Center